Juvenile Law Center

Vernon L. Francis, Esq.

Vernon L. Francis defends clients in the pharmaceutical and consumer products industries against mass tort claims. He also works with the labor and employment group in litigating employment discrimination actions, performing workplace investigations, and providing advice on workplace privacy issues for a variety of clients.

Mr. Francis has defended newspapers and television stations in defamation matters and has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in America for his work in First Amendment Law. He co-chairs the firm's Diversity Committee and has administrative responsibility for implementing diversity initiatives.

Before joining Dechert, Mr. Francis was an associate counsel in the Office of the Honorable Lawrence E. Walsh, Esq., the independent counsel charged with investigating the Iran/Contra Affair (1989-92).

Mr. Francis has served in a variety of community and bar association positions. He is a member of the American Law Institute and teaches a course on defamation law as a member of the University of Pennsylvania Law School’s adjunct faculty. He is a former president of the Board of the Philadelphia Diversity Law Group, a group of more than 30 Philadelphia area law firms and corporate law offices dedicated to increasing diversity in Philadelphia’s legal community. He is a former president of the Juvenile Law Center’s Board of Directors and former member of the Executive Committee on the Board of Directors for Leadership Philadelphia. Mr. Francis has served as co-chair of the Philadelphia Bar Association’s Committee on Minorities in the Profession and on the association’s Task Force on Multidisciplinary Practice.

Mr. Francis graduated from Haverford College in 1982 and obtained his law degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1987. 

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